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Now, it belongs to me. You see, when you take a heart, it becomes enchanted. Stronger than a normal heart. You're not hurting the beast. You're controlling it.
Rumplestiltskin to Regina src

Enchanted Hearts are magical items featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. They first appear in the seventh episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time.


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Before First Curse

Rumplestiltskin, a powerful magic user, has a debt to settle with the pirate Killian Jones after the latter "stole" his wife Milah many years ago. However, Rumplestiltskin remains unaware Milah willingly ran away with the pirate until he meets Killian again by chance years later. As Rumplestiltskin moves to kill him in a duel, Milah approaches to stop the dispute and promises him a magic bean if he will both her and Killian's lives. They meet aboard Killian's pirate ship where a confrontation ensues. Rumplestiltskin questions Milah about leaving their son Baelfire. She admits to being a coward, and let misery cloud her judgment all those years ago by making the decision to leave him. Milah claims the misery was a result of never loving Rumplestiltskin. In his anger, he rips out her heart and crushes it, killing her instantly. ("The Crocodile")

After Cora, the daughter of a miller, rises to power with the help of Rumplestiltskin, she asks him to teach her how to rip out the King's heart as a sort of revenge. After this, the two lovers agree to runaway together, but when she puts the plan into motion of taking out King Xavier's heart, he teaches her the phrase "Love is weakness". Deciding to choose power over love, Cora pulls out her own heart and stores it in a box. Tearfully, she tells Rumplestiltskin that she can't have love getting in the way as she climbs up in power. Without her heart, Cora resumes married life as the wife of a prince and becomes more controlling and power thirsty. ("The Miller's Daughter")

Many years later, Cora's daughter, Regina, falls deeply in love with a stable boy, Daniel. One night, they plan to run away together, but her mother catches them just as they are leaving. After a small struggle, Cora seems to understand the love Regina has for him. Cora and Regina reconcile, and make up with a hug. Cora embraces Daniel afterwards and speaks a few words of her own wisdom concerning how a parent always wants what is best for their child. Seconds after these words, she rips out his heart and crushes it; killing him. Regina is devastated and is forced into an arranged marriage to King Leopold. ("The Stable Boy")

Shortly following Regina's marriage to King Leopold, Rumplestiltskin teaches her how to rip out a living creature's heart and uses a black unicorn as the test subject. However, the skill itself only reminds Regina of how her mother ripped out Daniel's heart, leading her to refuse the method, so Rumplestiltskin tears out the unicorn's heart himself. Rather than do as he asks of her, Regina wants to know if resurrecting a deceased person is possible since she still longs for Daniel. He states magic cannot bring back the dead, yet Regina finds a scientist to use technological means to bring her true love back by using one of her mother's collected hearts. The experiment is a failure, leaving Regina devastated beyond repair, which causes her to change. She interrupts Rumplestiltskin's magic training session with a new apprentice, Trish, and rips out her heart to prove she deserves to be taught the dark arts. Impressed, Rumplestiltskin accepts Regina back as his protege. ("The Doctor")

After the death of King Leopold, the Queen sends guards to bring a Huntsman to her. She tasks him with the job of killing her stepdaughter, Snow White, and bringing back the girl's heart as proof. The Queen promises him large rewards, but the Huntsman cares for naught except the protection of the wolves. She accepts his terms, to which he begins to carry out her orders by disguising himself as a guard to gain Snow White's trust, but she sees through his facade. Snow White manages to get away from him, but only for enough time to write a last letter to her stepmother. She gives it to the Huntsman, who is overcome with emotion upon reading it. He decides to let her go instead and delivers a heart of a deer to the Queen as a replacement. However, when the Queen gains the heart and holds it up to put it in one of the boxes in her chamber of hearts, none of the containers open for it. Furious at his trickery, she rips out his heart as payment, declaring that he belongs to her now, and if he ever crosses her again, all she has to do is squeeze. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")

Since learning that their unborn child can become good or evil, Snow White and Prince Charming decide to glimpse their baby's future by touching a unicorn's horn. In Prince Charming's vision, he picks up his infant daughter from a basket and holds her in his arms. However, Snow White sees her teenage daughter in a pink gown, and when she approaches to state herself as her mother, the girl rips out her heart and crushes it. ("Best Laid Plans")

In her grand scheme to enact the Dark Curse and rain misery on all the inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest, the Queen sacrifices the heart of her most prized and precious steed. The curse does not work, so she goes to ask Rumplestiltskin, who is also the maker of the Dark Curse, what is actually necessary. He instructs her to take the heart of the person she loves most. The Queen leaves in a conflicted state as she realizes this means sacrificing her own father. She even informs her father what it would take for the curse to work. He desperately tries to help her see that she doesn't need to cast the curse, and they can start over and be happy as a family. She accepts his reasoning, but at the last moment, betrays her father and pulls out his heart. Then, she sacrifices the heart, prompting the curse to begin spreading throughout the Enchanted Forest. ("The Thing You Love Most")

During First Curse

After the successful activation of the curse, the Evil Queen's counterpart, Regina, rules the town of Storybrooke and its inhabitants. After two outsiders, Kurt and Owen, wander in, she befriends them and warms up to the idea of them staying permanently. When Kurt rejects the idea, Regina becomes desperate to stall their leaving. Still having the Huntsman's heart in her possession, she orders his counterpart, Sheriff Graham, to prevent them from leaving town by arresting Kurt for false drunk driving. However, Kurt accidentally witnesses this and attempts to make a speedy escape, but as he backs out of the room, Graham wrestles him to the desk. This swift motion causes the box containing the heart to hit the floor, drawing a pained reaction from Graham due to the direct impact, which allows Kurt to escape in his car with Owen. To protect his son, Kurt willingly allows himself to be taken in at the town border so Owen can flee. ("Welcome to Storybrooke")

Emma, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, has come to Storybrooke after twenty-eight years. Not knowing the magic she possesses, it is triggered when Graham kisses her and he has flashbacks of his life in the Enchanted Forest. Graham becomes convinced he lost his heart, and begs Emma to help him look for it. Regina gains insight that Graham is beginning to regain some memories of his life as the Huntsman in the Enchanted Forest. After he turns against Regina, and she, having no further use for him now that he is not loyal to her anymore, takes his heart and squeezes it to dust. The result is Graham dies of a "sudden heart attack". ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")

After First Curse

While Aurora, Emma, Mary Margaret and Mulan are away from the safe haven searching for a way to Storybrooke from the Enchanted Forest, Cora attacks the refugee survivors, steals their hearts and commands their corpses to rise. Several of the dead bodies head off into the forest to ambush the four women. In the midst of the corpse attack, Aurora is kidnapped and taken as Cora's prisoner. Unwilling to give up information to Cora, she is knocked out. While she is unconscious, Cora's accomplice, Hook, sneaks in and takes out Aurora's heart without her knowledge and she awakens to see him standing over her. Though her guard is up, Hook states that he is helping her escape to foil Cora's plans. Aurora does not believe him at first, but Hook sticks to his story and asks her to pass the message along to Emma that she should have trusted him. Aurora thanks him and runs from the dungeon. After she is gone, Cora apprehends Hook over letting Aurora go until she sees the heart. Later, Aurora meets up with her companions in the woods to break up a fight between Mary Margaret and Mulan. She tells them how she escaped with Hook's assistance. Unbeknownst to the group, everything Aurora is saying is via Cora's manipulation of the heart. The group make their way to Rumplestiltskin's old cell next to procure squid ink to defeat Cora. ("Into the Deep")

At the old cell, they find a mysterious parchment with Emma's name written repeatedly as well as a jar with no ink inside. Suddenly, compelled by Cora's grasp, Aurora throws a rock at a lever, trapping herself and her allies inside the confines of the enclosure. Cora steps out of the shadows to confirm Aurora's heart is now hers and squeezes it as a demonstration. She leaves with Hook to prepare for the journey to Storybrooke. While trapped, Mary Margaret discovers a solution in the parchment, which was written using squid ink. She blows the dust from the ink to melt away the cage bars, freeing them, though Aurora asks to be tied up and left behind since Cora is still in control of her heart. The remaining trio arrive at Lake Nostos to stop Cora and Hook. As they battle, a satchel containing Aurora's heart nearly falls into the portal, but is saved by Hook, who then throws it to Mulan. As Emma and Mary Margaret continue to defend themselves from their enemies, Mulan is allowed to depart back to the cell and successfully returns Aurora's heart. ("Queen of Hearts")

Emma and Mary Margaret make it safely back to Storybrooke, though Cora and Hook eventually find another method for journeying there as well. Cora's presence in town is a game changer, pushing Regina to side with her mother, as they team up to search for Dark One's dagger to force Mr. Gold to kill everyone. The ultimate goal out of all this is for Regina to have Henry to herself. David and Mary Margaret catch word of their plan and discover the dagger hidden in the minute hand of the clock tower. Just as the two prepare to leave with the dagger in hand, Cora and Regina teleport in with Mary Margaret's beloved servant from the Enchanted Forest, Johanna. To compel Mary Margaret in handing over the dagger, Regina takes out Johanna's heart and begins to squeeze it and the life out of the owner. Unable to watch an innocent life be vanquished in front of her, Mary Margaret surrenders the dagger. Satisfied, Regina returns the heart as a relieved Johanna runs towards Mary Margaret's waiting embrace. Cora cuts off the reunion by flinging Johanna out the clock tower to her death. Johanna's death has a remarkably dark change in Mary Margaret, who is tired of being good, and pledges she will protect more people from dying by killing Cora. ("The Queen Is Dead")

Just as Mary Margaret is becoming more open to the idea of eliminating Cora for the greater good, Mr. Gold's life hangs in the balance due to a wound he sustained by Hook. He tempts her into using a candle on Cora's heart. From this, Cora will only die if the heart is placed back in her chest, so Mary Margaret tricks Regina into doing so. Afterwards, Mary Margaret feels horrible for her actions. When Cora regains her heart, she feels genuine love and happiness for the first time in a long while, but dies shortly after in Regina's arms. As a second part of the candle spell, Cora's death results in Mr. Gold's wound healing. Mary Margaret, now regretful, rushes in to stop Regina, but Cora is already gone. ("The Miller's Daughter")

In Neverland, while Mr. Gold begins a solo mission of rescuing Henry from Pan, he comes across a wounded Tamara in the jungle. He heals her as she apologizes for shooting his son, Neal, and causing his death. Mr. Gold does not forgive Tamara and exacts revenge by ripping out and crushing her heart to dust. ("The Heart of the Truest Believer")

To settle a long-standing grudge, ex-fairy Tinker Bell kidnaps Regina and threatens to poison her with Dreamshade. Regina offers up her own heart and lets Tinker Bell decide what to do with it. Instead, Tinker Bell explodes in anger over how she tried to help Regina in the past by guiding her to true love, which the latter rejected. Regina admits to running away from true love due to fears of what she might become without all the anger inside herself. She exemplifies how dark her own heart physically looks is a direct result of her choice in picking darkness over light, and pleads for Tinker Bell not to make the same mistake. Eventually, Tinker Bell listens and hands back the heart to Regina. ("Quite a Common Fairy")

Pan, who is losing his immorality, tricks Henry into believing Neverland's weakening magic will have a direct impact on everyone else. To "save" magic, Henry must give up his own heart, which will result in death. However, Henry himself is unaware he is going to die as Pan tells him the sacrifice for giving up his heart is never being able to leave Neverland. Additionally, the real reason Pan needs Henry's heart is to regain immortality by absorbing all the magic in Neverland. Despite Emma, Neal and Regina's attempts to prove that Pan is lying to him, Henry goes through with the sacrifice and dies. ("Think Lovely Thoughts")

After Pan flees the scene, Regina casts a preservation on Henry's body to last one hour. Back at the Lost Boy camp, she attempts to exert force against Felix while demanding to know Pan's whereabouts. When this fails, she threatens to take out his heart until Emma steps up to encourage the Lost Boys to tell them the truth. Emma wins them over by promising to take them off the island, to which they admit Pan is at his "thinking tree" in Pixie Woods. She, Mary Margaret and Regina head there, but are ensnared by the tree's vines. Pan tries to bring out guilt out of each woman so the tree, fueled by a mechanism to attack those who feel regret, will kill them. Only Regina regrets nothing, and breaks free of the vines to tear out Henry's heart from Pan's chest. They hurry back aboard the Jolly Roger where Regina places the heart back in time as Henry gasps to life. While Henry is resting comfortably in a room below deck, Regina uses magic to give him immunity from ever having his heart taken out. Afterwards, Pan materializes to Henry and tries to steal his heart, only to be blocked by the protection spell, and goes for the boy's shadow. This is stopped when Mr. Gold absorbs Pan into Pandora's Box, but not before the two youngsters secretly switch bodies. ("Save Henry")

Pan becomes a menace in Storybrooke after returning home in Henry's body by tricking Regina into taking him into her vault and stealing the scroll for the Dark Curse. As one of the last ingredients needed for casting the curse, he sacrifices the heart of his most loyal underling, Felix. Before doing so, Pan explains to Felix that though the scroll says the thing he loves most is needed for the curse, in fact, love doesn't have to be romantic of familial, and can entail loyalty. In a panic, Felix realizes that Pan is talking about him, and tries to resist in a useless endeavor as his heart is ripped out and crushed to dust. ("The New Neverland", "Going Home")

Before Second Curse

Regina saves the inhabitants of Storybrooke by undoing Pan's curse, but as a result, she and all the town residents, excluding Emma and Henry, are forced to return to the Enchanted Forest and re-assume their old personas. While struggling with the loss of Henry, Regina pulls out her own heart and tries to bury it in the woods. Snow White convinces her that she must find a way to be happy for Henry's sake. With much reluctance, Regina pushes the heart into her chest as her pain over losing Henry overwhelms her once more. ("New York City Serenade")

Needing Emma's light magic to defeat Zelena, a a new curse must be cast to bring everyone back to Storybrooke. As with the last curse, the heart of the thing someone loves most must be sacrificed, so Prince Charming offers his for Snow White to cast the curse. After the heart is crushed, Zelena alters the spell to make everyone forget the last year and smugly considers how Snow White, stripped of her memories, will wonder in agony about where her husband could be. At Snow White's request, Regina rips her heart in two, placing one half in Prince Charming and bringing him back to life, as the curse overtakes them all. ("A Curious Thing")

During Second Curse

After the curse is recast by Snow White, Zelena, challenges Regina to a magical fight. At the end of the fight, Zelena attempts to steal Regina's heart as one of the ingredients for a time spell, only to discover it missing from her chest. As a safety precaution, Regina already hid her heart in the woods prior to battling Zelena. Angry that her plan is foiled, Zelena vows to get the heart before she departs on a broomstick. Later, Regina returns to the woods where Robin Hood is actively guarding her heart. She entrusts him, for the time being, to keep the heart safe from Zelena. ("It's Not Easy Being Green", "A Curious Thing")

Showing up to Regina's house, Zelena distracts her sister with a chat after sending Mr. Gold to fetch her heart from Robin Hood and the Merry Men. At first, Robin Hood refuses to relent until Mr. Gold threatens to kill Roland, to which he forfeits the heart to him. After it is delivered to Zelena, Regina realizes the latter hasn't crushed the heart yet and must have other intentions with it. Due to Belle's research, it is revealed Zelena wants to cast a time spell to change her own past, and Regina's heart is one of the needed ingredients for it. ("Bleeding Through")

After Second Curse

With the second curse broken, Zelena acquires the last spell ingredient from Mary Margaret, who gives birth to a baby boy. In her barn, she places all the necessary items, David's sword, Regina's heart and the infant, on a drawn ground symbol. As Zelena begins casting the spell, Regina and her allies arrive to stop her. ("Kansas")

In order for her to save Robin Hood from Zelena without having Mr. Gold interfere, Regina approaches Belle, taking her heart without her permission, and sending her to the well to summon Mr. Gold. When Belle asks him his reasons for being in town, he rips out his own heart, now almost completely black with a small portion of light, explaining that all his dark deeds are poisoning him and only the Author can reverse it. Belle, accepting his reasons, reconciles with him. After the pair break apart from a kiss, Regina controls Belle into mocking Mr. Gold, stating that Will Scarlet is a much better kisser, and calling him pathetic for trying to win her back. Mr. Gold is puzzled by her words, as Belle becomes unresponsive, before Regina reveals herself. Belle, ordered by Regina, forgets everything that transpired and walks off. Regina then warns Mr. Gold against interfering with her plan to save Robin, or she will crush Belle's heart. ("Sympathy for the De Vil", " Lily")

With Regina out of town with Emma, Maleficent guards Belle's heart, until Mr. Gold persuades Will to steal it while the dragoness is distracted. Will then shows the heart to Belle, who is alarmed that Regina took it without her knowing. Attempting to make his final amends with her, Mr. Gold expresses remorse about lying to Belle throughout their marriage. He reasons that by returning her heart, Will is now her protector, as he deems himself unworthy for the task. After Mr. Gold restores her heart, he walks out, as Belle stares longingly after him. ("Lily")

After Mr. Gold collapses from his dark heart killing him, the Apprentice rips out his heart and uses the Sorcerer's Hat to remove the darkness and contain it. He restores Mr. Gold's heart, which is now completely white, and places him under a preservation spell to allow him time to heal. ("Operation Mongoose Part 2")

Before Third Curse
Directly after Emma absorbs the darkness, she disappears and reemerges in the Enchanted Forest from the Vault of the Dark One. Desperate to be rid of her dark powers, she tries to get a will-o-wisp to find Merlin, but instead, she finds herself teaming up with Merida. That night, the darkness comes to her in the form of Rumplestiltskin, urging her to kill Merida to get the wisp, since once the redhead uses it, it can never be wielded by another person as long as the current owner of the wisp still lives. Merida, overhearing the chat, assumes Emma is crazy and means to harm her. The next day, Emma unconvincingly tries to assure Merida that she isn't going to kill her. As Merida defends herself against the blonde, an agitated Emma reaches her limit and gives into the darkness by ripping out Merida's heart. She prepares to crush it, but Hook and her family arrive. They persuade her into finding another way to reach Merlin, to which Emma, after a moment, shoves the heart back into Merida's chest. ("The Dark Swan")


The user of an enchanted heart can:

  • Crush it and kill the victim
  • Control the victim's actions and speech
  • Use the heart to reanimate the victim's dead bodies
  • Split it in half to save a crushed victim of true love
  • Remove the darkness from within the victim's heart using the Sorcerer's Hat to absorb the darkness

Additionally, people with their hearts ripped out are unable to feel any true emotion until the heart is restored. If someone commits an evil act of darkness like murder, the heart will begin to blacken; and if this heart becomes completely black, the person will die. They are also immune to the effects of the Boro Grove's enchantment and the Spell of Shattered Sight.

Use of Enchanted Hearts

Ability To Take Hearts

Recreational Ability

Limited Ability

  • Henry Mills - Is the dubbed the "Truest Believer" and Pan gives him a one-time ability to take out his own heart. Unlike normal hearts, Henry's has a golden glow to it; a reflection of his great belief. ("Think Lovely Thoughts")
  • Hook - A special one-time potion-induced enchantment the Evil Queen places on his hook to have the power to rip out a heart. Hook reuses this enchantment by pouring the potion onto his hook. ("Queen of Hearts (Episode)", "The Dark Swan")
  • Snow White - Gained in alternate reality, undone after alternate reality reversed.

Ripped Out Hearts

S Ep Victim Ripper Status
1 2 Valet Evil Queen Used to cast the Dark Curse
1 7 Huntsman Evil Queen Restored by Red Riding Hood ("Shadow of the Queen")
1 18 Daniel Cora Immediately Crushed
2 4 Milah Rumplestiltskin Immediately Crushed
2 5 Safe Haven inhabitants Cora Kept in the Heart Vault in Storybrooke
A unicorn Rumplestiltskin Immediately Crushed
Trish Evil Queen Immediately Crushed
2 8 Aurora Hook Restored by Mulan ("Queen of Hearts")
2 15 Johanna Regina Mills Immediately Restored
2 16 Cora Herself Poisoned and restored in Storybrooke by Regina Mills ("The Miller's Daughter")
2 17 Mary Margaret Blanchard Regina Mills Immediately Restored
3 1 Tamara Mr. Gold Immediately Crushed
3 3 Regina Mills Herself Immediately Restored
3 5 Devin Regina Mills Unknown
3 8 Henry Mills Himself Restored by Regina Mills ("Save Henry")
3 11 Felix Peter Pan Used to cast the Dark Curse
3 12 Evil Queen Herself Restored
3 16 Regina Mills Herself Restored
3 19 Prince Charming Evil Queen Used by Snow White to cast the Dark Curse
Snow White Evil Queen Split into two and used to resurrect Prince Charming
4 3 Zelena (glamoured as Maid Marian) Regina Mills Frozen, and later restored ("Heroes and Villains")
4 8 Hook Mr. Gold Restored by Emma Swan ("Heroes and Villains")
4 18 Belle French Regina Mills Restored by Mr. Gold ("Lily")
Mr. Gold Himself Immediately Restored
4 20 Mr. Gold Himself Immediately Restored
4 21 Prince Charming Snow White Undone (alternate reality reversed)
4 22 Mr. Gold Apprentice Darkness removed, Restored
5 1 Merida Emma Swan Immediately Restored
5 4 Merida Emma Swan Restored ("The Bear and the Bow")
5 5 Violet Emma Swan Restored by Emma
5 7 Vortigan Nimue Immediately Crushed
5 10 Merlin Nimue (through Hook) Used to cast the Dark Curse
W 11 Will Scarlet Cora Restored by Jafar ("Heart of the Matter")
C SQ Huntsman Evil Queen Crushed by Regina Mills ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")

Resurrection Using Enchanted Hearts

The action of placing a beating enchanted heart in the heartless chest of a dead person can bring them back to life. In some cases, this brings awful side effects: extreme violence and irrational thinking.

  • Gerhardt is resurrected by his brother, Victor Frankenstein, using an enchanted heart brought to his world by Rumplestiltskin. However, as a side effect of being bruoght back to life, Gerhardt becomes a violent and irrational creature. He ends up begging his brother to put an end to his misery.  ("The Doctor")
  • Daniel is brought back to life by Dr. Whale after the curse is broken. The same side effects are developed, leading to Daniel ripping off Dr. Whale's arm. Regina ends up turning Daniel to dust, as he begs her to. ("The Doctor")
  • Prince Charming is brought back to life by Regina using half of Snow White's heart. However, due to their true love, they are able to share one heart, and thus there are no apparent side effects. ("A Curious Thing")


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